PRESS REVIEW - SEPTEMBER 12/18, 2020

The Guardian

Black market in plants grows in the Philippines

Illegal trafficking in tropical forest plants has increased rapidly in the Philippines. This is due to the severe movement restrictions caused by the pandemic and the increased demand for protected and endangered plants by those living in cities, especially in the capital Manila. Carnivorous plants and specimens used to grow bonsai at home are apparently among the most sought after. A sharp rise in prices and house plant theft has also been recorded. 

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South China Morning Post

China steps up surveillance of chilled food imports

The Chinese customs authority has announced that foreign suppliers will have their food products blocked if packaging is found to be positive for the Sars-Cov-2 pathogen. The new rule comes after a study showed that the virus can survive on chilled salmon for up to eight days. 

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All Africa

Oil spill threatens the economy of Mauritius

The oil spill caused by a cargo ship stranded on July 25, which spilled more than 1,000 tons of engine oil into the sea, is undermining the nation's efforts to achieve sustainable use of ocean resources. The island's economy is based not only on tourism, which has already been hit hard, but on the close relationship between the population and the Indian Ocean that surrounds it. 

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All Africa

Rwanda is ready to collect 10,000 tons of electronic waste

By the end of 2020, all districts in Rwanda will have e-waste collection points that could help collect over 10,000 tons a year. These will then be sent for disposal and recycling, with a view to developing the circular economy. The initiative was announced during the launch of an e-waste collection point in the Huye district and with the completion of training by 300 technicians in the repair and sustainable management of end-of-life electronic products. 

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New Statesman

The pandemic will slow global development by a decade

According to new data published by the Social Progress Imperative (SPI), a US non-profit organization, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will delay progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by a decade. These include eradicating poverty, improving access to education and action on climate change, which the think tank says will only be met by 2092. 

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FAO

FAO will continue to support the G20 in tackling the pandemic and strengthening agri-food systems

In his opening speech, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu stressed that joint measures and efforts undertaken so far by countries and international organizations have enabled global food chains to continue to function even during the pandemic. According to estimates, in fact, the expected world cereal production for 2020 still stands at 2,765 million tons, an all-time high and 58 million tons above the 2019 result. 

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